Published On: Sat, Oct 13th, 2012

Slowly Kicking An Old Habit — Mountain Dew

Murder DewOk, ok, ok — I heard you. I give. I’m crying “uncle!”

Mountain Dew and I met when I was a teen and have ever since been one in the same. Every day. Mountain Dew has been choice of drink for nearly two decades. Whenever I’m at a food court in a mall, I’ll chose an eatery that serves Mountain Dew. I prefer Quiznos over the other sub shops because Quiznos serves Mountain Dew. So does Bojangles. And Pizza Hut. And KFC.

But I, reluctantly, am accepting the fact that Mountain Dew may not be good for my health. Especially when drinking several cans and bottles a day. Every day. I can’t say I’ll completely cut it out my life. One day, maybe, but you’ll see me sipping on the delicious beverage now and again. But I’ve cut back so much that it’s the equivalent to me.

Whenever in Safeway and I’d see a sale on Mountain Dew fridge packs (12-cans), such as “buy 4 for $12,” I’d buy four fridge packs. And my mind would say drink all four fridge packs to get more before the sale is over.

But I haven’t bought a fridge pack in a while. I even cut back at work, where Nduku isn’t there to witness my gluttony. I did have one yesterday, though. Not bad when I’d drink up to three 12 oz bottles during work hours.

You’d think this change of heart was because of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s war on sugary drinks. Or every single doctor, scientist, politician, activist, family member and friend screaming about how unhealthy sugary drinks, especially Mountain Dew, is. Or even the video below which is both funny and alarming.

Najwa, who mimics just about everything we do, just liked walking around with one of those colorfully green cans of Mountain Dew. It could be full [and unopened] or empty [in my stomach], Najwa will carry it like a badge of honor to be holding that can. She’s just trying to be like daddy. At first it was cute, but really, it scares me.

I’ve been fortunate. My doctor reiterates that I’m at no risk of diabetes and my kidneys are fine. The fact that I keep asking about those specifically is my subconscious mind knowing I’ve been doing wrong. My triglycerides needs a little more attention, sure, but so far two decades of Mountain Dew hasn’t had any damaging affect, that we can tell.

But there’s no telling how Najwa’s system would deal with it, and I don’t want to find out. I just don’t want her to see a can of Mountain Dew, want to be like daddy and get addicted to its taste-bud satisfying flavor like I did.

Celebrate Food Day Oct. 24, 2012.

Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Food Day, created by CSPI, is powered by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders, organizations, and people from all walks of life. Food Day takes place annually on October 24 to address issues as varied as health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare, and farm worker justice. The ultimate goal of Food Day is to strengthen and unify the food movement in order to improve our nation’s food policies. Join this push for a stronger, more united food movement by signing up to organize or attend Food Day events in your community.

The foods we eat should bolster our health, but the contemporary American diet is actually contributing to several hundred thousand premature deaths from heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and cancer each year. What’s more, the way our food is produced is all too often harmful to farm and food workers, the environment, and farm animals. The American food system has created a diet of cheap, salty, overly processed packaged foods, high-calorie sugary drinks, and fast-food made of white bread, fatty grain-fed factory-farmed meat, and French fries.

Food Day aims to transform the American diet. It’s time for America to Eat Real! All Americans—regardless of their age or race or income or geographic location—should be able to select healthy diets and avoid obesity, heart disease, and other diet related conditions.

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David Gaines

- David Gaines is a Washington, DC, resident transplanted from North Carolina whose dream career was a newspaper writer but settled for the recruiting industry and simply blogging about whatever thoughts crosses his mind.

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